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Law and Responsible Supply Chain Management

Contract and Tort Interplay and Overlap, 1st Edition

Edited by Vibe Ulfbeck, Alexandra Andhov, Kateřina Mitkidis


182 pages

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Corporate Social Responsibility has for long been on the agenda in the business world and recently, it has also become a political agenda in the European Union. Focusing on international supply chains and their control based on studies of law in several European jurisdictions, this book aims to advance the discussion on the application and enforcement of CSR. Drawing parallels to US and Canadian law, the book explores to what extent private law tools can be used as an enforcement device and it ultimately asks if what we are witnessing is the formation of a new area of law, employing the interplay of contract and tort – a law of "production liability", as a corollary of the concept of "product liability".

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Vibe Ulfbeck, Alexandra Andhov & Kateřina Mitkidis

    Part I. Contract law

  3. From international law to national law: The opportunities and limits of contractual CSR supply chain governance
  4. Kasey McCall-Smith and Andreas Rühmkorf

  5. Contractual enforcement of CSR clauses and the protection of weak parties in the supply chain
  6. Vibe Ulfbeck, Ole Hansen and Alexandra Andhov

  7. Enforcement of sustainability contractual clauses in supply chains by third parties
  8. Kateřina Mitkidis

    Part II. Tort law

  9. Direct and vicarious liability in supply chains
  10. Vibe Ulfbeck and Andreas Ehlers

  11. Liability for "greenwashing"?: On unfair commercial practices, the legal duty to be transparent and the case for a ‘safe harbor’
  12. Louise A. Vytopil

    Part III. Interplay and overlap of contract and tort law

  13. Interplay between contract and tort in the supply chain
  14. Vibe Ulfbeck and Ole Hansen

  15. Developing supply chain liability: A necessary marriage of contract and tort?

Jaakko Salminen and Vibe Ulfbeck


About the Editors

VIBE ULFBECK is a professor of private law at the Law Faculty at the University of Copenhagen.

ALEXANDRA ANDHOV (JUDr., LL.M., S.J.D.) is assistant professor of corporate law at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law.

KATERINA MITKIDIS is an associate professor at the Department of Law, Aarhus University

About the Series

Routledge Research in Corporate Law

The credit crunch of 2007 and the ensuing financial crises have led to a renewed interest in the place of corporations in the modern world and the role of law and regulation in governing their behaviour. This series looks to survey the current developments within the field of corporate law as well as mapping out future opportunities for change. The series offers a comparative approach to the subject, looking not just at North America and Europe but also at the state of affairs elsewhere in the world. Written by influential scholars, the books offer thought-provoking and often critical analyses of corporate law. The functions and legal obligations and rights of multiple stakeholders including directors, investors, governments and regulators are examined from both empirical and theoretical standpoints. Whilst being grounded in law the series also draws upon research from the disciplines of economics, management studies, sociology and politics in order to explore the implications of corporate law in their wider social and economic context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Corporate